Scripture in the Morning #96
Ephesians 4:26-32 has within it 17 commands that are commands telling us how to live our lives. Each of these commands themselves are part of God’s grace at work within us. Each command is part of God working within us that which is pleasing in His sight.
Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
Each command is His giving, we receiving, we being blessed and He moving us through it all to bless others. We start…
Ephesians. 4:26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
Can we obey any of the commands in our own power? No. We need grace for this for only grace can move us to be obedient. So…
What is a practical approach towards obedience in this area?
A suggestion… Pray for God’s grace to move us to be obedient to this command. By this I mean, by way of example…
“Lord, do I struggle with anger issues? Please Lord, enlighten me as to whether I have an anger issue. Please Lord, by your grace move me to see with accuracy my own heart. Lord, do I often lash out at others in anger? If I do Lord, show me this and then Lord move me to apologize to those I hurt. Lord, please remove from me angry thoughts. Please Lord, move me away from dwelling on things that lead to anger and move me to count my many blessings. Lord, move me with a proper response to that which legitimately can cause anger. Grant me grace Lord in this area and give me Lord a continual recognition of my sin in this area. Lord forgive me for my sin in this area and Lord please protect me and those around me from my sinful anger. And finally Father, please move me – day-by-day to remember – to honor you and depend upon your grace.”
So, for today, may we have a time of prayerful reflection on whether we are angry or bitter and whether, in that anger, we sin. And may we each seek grace to be a contented blessing to others.
Have a wonderful day!